GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A good lingering head followed by mild aromatics. Smooth, mellow, with malted biscuits and a mild roast. Good carbonation. Finishes long and tasty.
FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best By October 2009; Sampled July 2009
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown color with a touch of amber to it; when held up to the light it shows a brilliantly clear, ruby hue. The aroma smells of toasted, slight roasted malt, a nice caramel note that almost suggests berry and a grassy grain note that comes to dominate the finish. Overall the aroma is fairly subtle and easy going, this is certainly not a robust Porter or a Stout.
This was served at refrigerator temperature; a little north of 40şF / 5şC. The beer is crisp and light tasting up front, the beer finishes though with a grassy, toasted grain note that tends to linger on the palate. My first sip seemed to be quite low on the bitterness and hop character, but subsequent ones have an herbal backbone to them along with a light, but crisp hop bitterness. There is just a touch of malt sweetness here, but this is fairly dry, especially once you factor in the hop notes. A touch of astringent roast malt character kicks in towards the finish; this tends to keep this from being as crisp and refreshingly quaffable as a lighter lager, but it does, on the up-side, and a touch more complexity and interest.
The flavors aren’t perhaps as clean and smooth as I might expect from this style. While all the flavors are mostly soft, there is a nice balance between malt and hop character here. This is a perfectly serviceable beer, and if I was grilling outside I certainly wouldn’t be adverse to drinking a couple of these along the way.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11 oz stubby bottle. Pours a clear dark brown with a large head. Nose is toasted grains & lager yeast with a little earthiness. Tastes like it smells with a nice balance of sweet caramel, tea, toastiness, chocolate malt and some mild earthy hops. A very nice easy to drink session beer. Body is light/medium, carbonation is moderate/high.
boFNjackson (3921) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2010 Bottle... Poured brown with an off-white head. Chocolaty, caramel malt on the nose. Light palate with just enough carbonation to balance the sweet coffee, toffee and malt characters. Not much hops in the flavor creating a very drinkable session. This is quite the step up from the regular Session lager. I hope to see this around more bars in Portland.
BillKismet (3171) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Full amber body with thick beige head, a good-looking brew. Appealing roasted amber malt nose. Medium caramel malt sweetness and a solid, medium-bodied amber malt base. Light roastiness amid the caramel roast licks. A superior version of the American Dark Lager style and a step-brother to the German Schwarz.
djcoke1 (9) - Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2009 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Toffee goodness on the nose. Watered down coffee taste thats easy drinking. not much to say about this beer but it is something i would keep on hand.
Beardface (1516) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into a Jerome Kersey Dairy Queen glass, because that’s what was available at my buddy’s place. Dark brown pour, red highlights, tan head. Aroma is hefty on the malt, toffee and some light cocoa. Flavor is mostly roast with a bit of cocoa, a slight earthy hop bite and some caramel/toffee malts. Not a bad beer, very sessionable.
joet (1993) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
light medium bodied, some hop bite. some saaz hops? or dusty cascades? not too much hop in the aroma. the malts are soft toffees, pleasant and easy drinking. a quality session beer.
spikester (602) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear brown with a lively but modest off white head. Small amount of lacing. Aroma is dark malts and slight amount of floral hops. Taste is roasted malts, a hint of cocoa, and a decent amount of bitter hops for a lager. A nice change from the standard Session beer from Full Sail. As far as a session beer it meets the criteria but I prefer the standard version for multiple beers. A nice example of a dark lager just not my favorite lager style. If you enjoy dark lagers I suggest you try this beer.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish brown - definitely not black. Dark? Sure. But, not black. Mildly sweet roasted malt aroma is pleasant. Taste is a smooth mix of roasted caramel malts and a high carb finish bringing out some very light bitterness and definitely a slight bit of fruity sweetness. Clean. Medium bodied. Minimal hop presence, but I’m not sure I’d want any more that what is here. I’ll grab this any time for a low ABV, roasty beer.